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Winston Reeves Photograph Collection

 

Winston Reeves began his photographic career in 1938 when he opened a studio at 1719 Broadway after graduating from Texas Tech University. During World War II he was an Army flight instructor at Breedlove Field in Lubbock while his wife and three assistants operated the studio. Reeves Photography was especially busy during World War II as young men about to be shipped overseas wanted to leave a photograph behind. Also, plentiful jobs provided money for family photos that had been put on hold during the Depression.

In addition to his portraiture business, Reeves documented the growth of Lubbock, Texas and the surrounding area until his death in 1965. In 1996 the files of Reeves Photography were deposited in the Southwest Collection, Texas Tech University, where they are being prepared for students and scholars to use. The commercial images have significant historical value because they illustrate the changes that took place throughout middle America in the middle years of the 20th Century. Mrs. Reeves kept meticulous records therefore identification and dates are available for most of the 60,000 images that have been digitized from this collection.

Due to the high volume of images in the collection as well as resource constraints, the images presented on this web site are a chosen subset of the entire collection. Images that have been earmarked for web presentation are representative of the contents of the entire collection.

A supplement has been added to the Winston Reeves Collection. This material, not yet digitized or available on-line, includes ninety-eight 8x10 pictures of Texas Tech Buildings, farmland, many Lubbock buildings, streets, mills, Lindsey Theatre, among other undated photographs. These may be seen in the Reading Room by requesting SWCPC 915.

If you would like to purchase either a photograph reproduction or an electronic version of any photographs in this collection, please refer to the photograph reproduction policies and prices guide.

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If you need further assistance in locating additional images or material, please contact :

Randy Vance,
Reference Desk
Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library
Box 41041
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, Texas 79409-1041
Phone (806) 742-9070

Visit the Reference Desk website for more information on our procedures for requesting images and other archival material from the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library.

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